Jilin is a small city in the province of Jilin. When I say small, I’m using a Chinese perspective of course. This ‘small’ city of 1 million people has about as many people as New Zealand’s largest city.
Sometimes I think I will never fully comprehend the sheer enormity that is the Chinese population, let alone that of the world.
The best time to visit Jilin is in the coldest part of winter – January and February. It is far enough south that the Songhua river does not freeze, but far enough north for -20 degree Celsius temperatures.